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Day of Cultural Workers

Published: 2017.12.27 - 15:37:50   /  /  Dra. Ana Teresa Badía Valdés  /  translated by  Luis E. Amador Dominguez  /

Day of Cultural WorkersWe are already in combat
for defending the idea of all those who have died.
To throw the bad guys out of the historic Temple
For the heroic gesture of Maceo,
For the sweet memory of Martí.
Raúl Gómez García.

Every December 14, cultural workers celebrate their day. It is done in homage to the birth of Raúl Gómez García, the so-called poet of the Centennial Generation.

They say that at dawn on July 26, 1953, before leaving for the assault on the Moncada Barracks, at the Siboney farm, Gómez García recited his "Ya estamos en combate”:

"(...) Let us fight today or never for a Cuba without slaves
Let us feel deep down the feverish thirst of the Homeland
Let us put the Lonely Star on the top of the Turquino."

Gómez García was born on December 14, 1928 in Havana. He was a teacher, a poet and a journalist. He elaborated and participated in the edition of the underground newspapers "Son los mismos" and "El acusador". Moreover, under the indications of the historical leader of the revolution Fidel Castro, he wrote the "Moncada Manifesto."

When after the assault on the Moncada he was taken prisoner, in the then Hospital Civil, he wrote a note for his mother in which he said, "I fell prisoner, your son". After his imprisonment torture and murder came.

When remembering those moments, once the hero of the Moncada, Haydée Santamaría, said, "We were prisoners in the floor of the Club de Alistados. They brought a young man so brutally abused that he could not stand and fell to the ground. When he sat next to us, we recognized Raúl. His teeth had been pulled out; those savages had beaten him so brutally that he could not explain how he could remain seated. Later, he was beaten to death. “His corpse appeared in the inner courtyards of the barracks, next to a weapon, as if he had died in combat.

It is known that in the last moments of his life, Gómez García recited his poem "Reclamo del centenario", which was dedicated to the National Hero José Martí. In it, he says, "Maestro, under your broad forehead, in the perennial depth of your dreams, the memory of your struggles is glimpsed; and in the quiet anguish of this town that is yours, there are a thousand moans together crying out in silence."

The cultural workers

The National Trade Union of Culture (SNTC) today has more than 90 thousand members and it was founded on September 7, 1977. Over the years, it has accompanied the artistic work, the great tasks such as the Batalla de Ideas and essential, social and revolutionary processes such as the implementation of the Guidelines of the VII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC).

For this reason, tributes, exhibitions and galas have been held. Historical sites are retaken and Collective Labor Agreements are improved.

Currently, 38 groups hold the status of Best Worker on a national basis. Today the workers of that trade union face challenges such as the contribution to the formation of values in society, the maintenance of the historical roots of the Cuban nation, and the increase of an integral general culture in the different population segments, which continue to distinguish us all over the world.

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